If Pittsburgh was going to make a Cup run, I think they would look at improving their defense and goaltending (dealing Fleury for a veteran #1) first before dealing Malkin.
Definitely want to trade the 23 year old goaltender with a 40 win season and a trip to the Cup Finals right after signing the 7 year contract. Why wouldn't you?
We can't and couldn't afford Malkin's salary. Calgary is 1.4 mill over the cap, and Malkin makes something like.... 8.7 mill starting this season.
Starting next season. Crosby's 8.7 kicks in this year, Malkin's still at 3.85 million.
I also wouldn't do Iginla for Malkin. I'd really prefer to have Malkin over the next 6 years in his mid-20s, than Iginla's 30s for the remainder of his contract. I don't think Calgary really wants to either. If we're just talking value, yes, they're pretty close, depending on how you rate future potential.
This isn't even entertaining to talk about. This makes no sense whatsoever for either franchise.
Well he said if the Flames had to rebuild......
Still, though...It's not too often when a team rebuilding gets the better player in the deal. If Iginla were to be traded to Pitt this season (maybe at the deadline) my guess is that it would be for Staal and maybe Sydor to make the salaries work.....still though, doesn't make too much sense, It's not like Iginla is 37 years old and ready to retire....The flames could go through a full rebuild with him still there....
The thing I don't understand is why everyone keeps throwing Malkin into all these wacky deals. Pittsburgh extended him FOREVER and paid him "Crosby money" because they intend to KEEP him and build around him. This would make a hell of a lot more sense if you replace Malkin with the likes of Staal, and then some other hot garbage just to salary dump or whatever.